Day in history for May 5, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We are informed that some persons who visit the grave yards are accustomed to pluck twigs and buds from the shrubbery and rose bushes around the graves. We hope we shall not be obliged to publish the names of those who thus treat the graves of the dead.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It being Sunday, Rev. T.H. Hench officiated morning and evening at the Broadway Presbyterian Church.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. John P. Looney died at the family residence, 1635 20th St., Rock Island, last night. She was born in Ireland and was 40 years old. She was married in 1892 to John P. Looney and came to Rock Island with her husband in 1899.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Charles E. Johnson, sales manager for the local division of the Rock Island Plow Co., resigned. He was replaced by W.T. O'Hare.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The location of Davenport's proposed new television station still was in doubt after strong opposition developed at a city zoning commission hearing. Property owners appeared in force at the hearing on Zenith Corporation's application to build a station on the west side of Lincoln Ave. between 10th and 11th St.

1978 -- 25 years ago
East Moline residents who live on corner lots where hedges and other foliage stand tall had better prime their hedge clippers. Aldermen voted 7-5 to draw up an ordinance limiting the height of hedges and other obstacles near street corners to three feet.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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